Any scientific research, whether conducted by Bachelor-students or professors, builds on the work of others. To acknowledge this, we add references to our own work.
Collecting the information you need to create the right references manually can be a lot of work. Tools, called reference managers, are available to make this easier. Examples of reference managers are RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero and Mendeley. These tools store bibliographic data such as title, name of author(s), year of publication, etc.
These programs are useful for:
- Getting credentials automatically
You can manually add references to a reference manager, but also retrieve them directly (often in bulk) from many academic databases with a few simple mouse clicks.
- Reference management
With a reference manager you keep an overview of found literature. You can organize the titles in folders, add keywords and other information, and sometimes also add (PDF) files.
- Adding references and create a bibliography
Reference managers help you create literature lists in reference styles (such as APA or Chicago) and often help you add citations in a text. The reference manager automatically applies the rules of the different styles.
Some advantages of RefWorks are:
- RefWorks is an online tool. The references are stored on a server, so you can access them from any computer with an internet connection.
- Reference styles (such as APA and Chicago) are updated automatically.
- Many databases have a Direct Export function, which makes importing references into RefWorks easy.
- RefWorks can connect to your files in Word, Google Docs or Hangul via add-ons (Write-N-Cite or RCM) to add in-text references.
- Monthly workshop RefWorks
Learn how to store and manage references with RefWorks, create bibliographies, and more.
- E-course RefWorks
An extensive online course about the basic and advanced options of RefWorks.
- E-modules Citing Information
Learn more about referencing and reference managers online, at your own pace.
- Individual support
Support for RefWorks for specific problems and advice, such as for a systematic review.